Pinot Gris – Black Cottage 2016 Marlborough
As I was leaving Majestic Wine in Poole in December 2016 this £9.99 bottle of wine caught my eye and I went back to purchase it before leaving. Although Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are made from the same grape, Pinot Gris is a better partner for food. For me, the nose is all pear. I couldn’t place the rest of the bouquet but there were other gorgeous smells coming from the glass. One glass of this dry, gorgeous Pinot Gris is lovely as an aperitif but after that your palate will be crying out for some food. The taste is fruity, yet dry and then there is some sweetness on the finish. I drank it with a fillet of salmon which had been marinated in ginger, garlic, dark soya sauce, brown sugar, honey and lemon juice. The vegetables for the dish were boiled new potatoes and a mix of mange tout, asparagus and sugar snap peas. I kept it in the fridge for a couple of days and then had it with pasta and homemade tomato sauce and garlic bread. Who would have thought that it would taste good with tomatoes? I may be accused of being unsophisticated to suggest that a white wine could accompany a fresh tomato sauce but it really did work.
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